Championship
YeovilYeovil Town2BoltonBolton Wanderers2
Zat Knight

Yeovil squandered the chance to move out of the Championship relegation zone as they threw away a two-goal lead and missed a penalty in a draw with Bolton.

Ishmael Miller volleyed home from close range and Kevin Dawson made it 2-0.

Lukas Jutkiewicz pulled one back but Bolton went down to 10 men and conceded a penalty when Alex Baptiste fouled Dawson in the 80th minute.

Miller's penalty was saved by Adam Bodgan and Zat Knight scored a headed equaliser two minutes later.

The result leaves Yeovil 23rd, one point off safety, while Bolton are nine points above the relegation zone.

Yeovil had to weather an early storm from their visitors, with Jutkiewicz and Baptiste missing early chances.

But they led when Dawson fed Miller to open the scoring with his fifth goal in five games.

Tom Lawrence was impressive for the hosts and he forced a save from Bogdan with a 25-yard drive, before setting up Dawson, who finished calmly.

Bolton were better after half-time and Mohamed Kamara had two early chances, skewing a shot wide and then firing a weak effort at Marek Stech.

They pulled one back when Jutkiewicz found space to fire an effort into the far corner.

But Yeovil, a non-league team until 2003, should have sealed a first ever victory against Bolton when Baptiste was sent off and they were awarded a penalty. The visitors were livid with the decision but celebrated moments later when Bogdan pulled off a brilliant save from Miller.

And it got better for the Trotters in the 83rd minute when Knight's header looped over Stech.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

"It does feel like a defeat but we've played a team who were one of the favourites for promotion this year, even if Bolton are struggling in the league.

"We were magnificent in the first half and it feels like a defeat for all of us - supporters, players and the management - because of the nature of being 2-0 up.

"We didn't come out well after half-time. We got the players out early for the second half but Bolton got an early goal which gave them the impetus and we then had to defend."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"Half-time came at a good time for us and we had some strong words and tactically changed the team to go more direct.

"In the end I thought the three points could have gone our way and I'm disappointed not to win it.

"Obviously they had a penalty, I've got no complaints about that or the sending off, but when they missed that penalty it was one-and-a-half minutes before we went up the other end to score.

"We had enough chances to win the football match."

Line-ups

Yeovil

  • 1Stech
  • 2Ayling
  • 3McAllister
  • 4Edwards
  • 5Webster
  • 15Duffy
  • 7DawsonSubstituted forGrantat 87'minutes
  • 19Ralls
  • 13MooreSubstituted forHayterat 87'minutes
  • 27Miller
  • 11Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 9Hayter
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18Lanzoni
  • 23Grant
  • 24Dunn
  • 26Ofori-Twumasi
  • 29Morgan

Bolton

  • 1BogdanBooked at 90mins
  • 3Hutton
  • 15BaptisteBooked at 80mins
  • 6Spearing
  • 12Knight
  • 5Ream
  • 44Kamara
  • 18Danns
  • 26MasonSubstituted forBeckfordat 66'minutes
  • 29JutkiewiczSubstituted forWheaterat 85'minutes
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forMoritzat 74'minutesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 10Beckford
  • 11Hall
  • 14Moritz
  • 17Trotter
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Lee
  • 31Wheater
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
6,344

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovilAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home19
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Yeovil Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Hutton following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

  5. Booking

    Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by David Wheater.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Joel Grant replaces Kevin Dawson.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. James Hayter replaces Kieffer Moore.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. David Wheater replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  13. Post update

    Alan Hutton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by André Moritz.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Yeovil Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 2. Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Medo following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

  19. Post update

    Penalty missed! Still Yeovil Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 1. Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) hits the right post with a left footed shot.

  20. Booking

    André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.